Choice of the Elect by Jean Giraudoux
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Edmée lacks for nothing. Her adoring husband is a handsome and cosmopolitan engineer, they have two beautiful children, and they live a prosperous life in California. But all is not what it seems. Edmée is tortured by anxiety attacks. And her daughter Claudie shines with a disturbing inner knowledge.

Choice of the Elect follows Edmée through the seriocomic adventures that ensue when she deserts her husband. Edmée believes herself to be on a holy mission and over the years takes up with a series of mysterious lovers and finds success in Hollywood--all with Claudie in tow. Yet over time, Claudie rejects her, and Edmee comes to wonder whether this is tragedy or the price the holy must pay for being elect.

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Published June 19, 2002 by Northwestern University Press. 245 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The first English translation of a willowy, somewhat mordant 1939 novel by the versatile French author (1882-1944) best known for such classic plays as Ondine and The Madwoman of Chaillot.

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